Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime lands at T-Mobile and MetroPCS as a cheap Nougat phone

T-Mobile and MetroPCS this week released a new and affordable Android smartphone made by Samsung: the Galaxy J3 Prime.

The J3 Prime appears to be a rebranded Galaxy J3 Emerge (launched earlier this year via Sprint and its prepaid brands). However, the handset offered by T-Mobile and MetroPCS has a couple of advantages over Sprint’s J3 Emerge: it’s cheaper, and runs Android 7 Nougat (instead of Android Marshmallow).

If you’re buying the Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime from T-Mobile, you can get it for $150 outright, or $6 per month (for $24 months) and $6 upfront. At MetroPCS, the new phone …


John McAfee, of antivirus fame, reveals "world's most hack-proof" John McAfee Privacy Phone

You may have heard John McAfee’s name before: he’s most famous for creating the first ever commercial antivirus software, McAfee, though he’s long divorced from the company that makes it. Now, he’s also branching out into other businesses, apparently – he’s officially revealed what he calls the world’s ‘most hack-proof’ smartphone, tastefully named the John McAfee Privacy Phone.

In order to back up this claim, John McAfee’s John McAfee Privacy Phone is equipped with several physical switches on the back of the device, letting users manually …

5 feature phone alternatives to the new Nokia 3310 to consider, before the behemoth returns

We are not too far from the release of a revamped version of the Chuck Norris of phones, the new Nokia 3310, which is due to launch in Europe in the next days. Whether they actually need it or not, we bet quite a few people would order it, just to display in their memorabilia. Or just to drain more hours playing Snake. I mean, why not, since it will only cost about $60 – well worth for a Snake console, right?

In case, however, you have not been mesmerized by its, let’s admit it, slightly mundane design, the ‘rehab’ phones market already offers great 3310 alternatives. Summer …

Will T-Mobile's Coolpad Defiant defy your expectations for a budget phone? No.

Giving the people what they want – affordable stuff that generally works – T-Mobile is gearing up to launch a budget handset for the smallest of budgets. The Coolpad Defiant will not defy your expectations for an entry-level handset, but can be just the backup phone you’re looking for in times of peril. However, T-Mo will have to price it really low if it wants to present it as a compelling offer.

That’s because the Defiant works on hardware we have long moved on from. Its 5-inch display has the grainy resolution of 480 x 854; the processor is a modest Snapdragon …

T-Mobile reports another strong quarter with 798K new postpaid phone subscribers

T-Mobile this afternoon released its quarterly earnings report for the first three month period of 2017. Covering January through March, the nation’s third largest carrier added 798,000 postpaid phone subscribers. Considering that Verizon lost 289,000 customers in this category for its first quarter, T-Mobile seems to be running on all cylinders. The company says that it alone will be responsible for 250% of the industry’s growth in the quarter. The postpaid phone churn for the three months was a record low 1.18%, down 15 basis points from last year, and 10 basis points from the fourth …

Samsung working on a 4K '800ppi' phone screen, and 7th-gen AMOLED displays

Tucked neatly in the info that Samsung will be starting production of 7th generation AMOLED panels from Q2 next year, is this little nugget: “Samsung Display has continued research to diversify its OLED portfolio to include foldable OLED, chip-on-plastic OLED and 800ppi high-resolution OLED.”

Well, we are not surprised that the 7th generation will be upon us next year, while every other OLED screen maker is still tooling up for the 6th, and with every new generation we get better panel quality, less power draw, and the like, but it’s the other three things mentioned that piqued …

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) launch is imminent, as the phone gets FCC's approval

We already know quite a lot about the Galaxy J5 (2017), even though Samsung hasn’t introduced the smartphone yet. The handset that goes by the model number SM-J530 was spotted in the last couple of weeks on various benchmark websites.

The most recent news that mentions the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) is the listing of the phone at Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which puts it just one step away from its official unveil.

It appears that the US regulatory commission has just granted approval to the Samsung smartphone with model number SM-J530FM. Aside from the fact that the phone …

Samsung Galaxy Amp Prime 2 is Cricket's new cheap Android Nougat phone

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ aren’t the only new Samsung smartphones released in the US today. If the S8 series is too expensive for you, Cricket Wireless has another handset that you may want to check out: the Samsung Galaxy Amp Prime 2.

Obviously succeeding the original Galaxy Amp Prime from 2016, the Amp Prime 2 seems to be a rebranded Galaxy J3 Emerge (launched by Sprint and its prepay brands earlier this year). Fortunately, unlike the J3 Emerge, the Galaxy Amp Prime 2 runs Android 7 Nougat, not Android 6 Marshmallow, out of the box.

Sporting a 5-inch 720p display, the Samsung …

HTC's new flagship to be called the HTC U 11; phone will launch in five colors

At first, everyone assumed that the next HTC flagship would be called the HTC 11 since it was the sequel to the HTC 10. Then last month, trusty tipster Evan Blass indicated that the next flagship would be given the name, HTC U. Now, Blass says that according to someone familiar with HTC’s plans, the actual name of the manufacturer’s next flagship will combine both leaked titles. That’s right, make way for the HTC U 11. The device will most likely be available in white, black, blue, red, and silver. Images of the phone, which still has the code name of Ocean, were revealed by Blass last week.

The …

Verizon reports a drop in postpaid phone subscribers for the first quarter of 2017

Verizon released its first quarter earnings report today. The nation’s largest carrier had revenue from January through March of $20.9 billion, which was 5.1% lower than what Big Red grossed a year earlier. Verizon blamed the decline on a drop in revenue received from overages, the cost of promoting the business, and a decline in the number of postpaid customers. Of the 307,000 postpaid customers that left the carrier during the three month period, 289,000 were phone-related customers which is the holy grail of the industry. Still, postpaid phone churn came in under .90% for the eighth consecutive …